Bad behaviour undermining Barbican road improvement

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The road improvement in Barbican was meant to ease traffic flow and was well-intentioned. However, if we are to reap value for our money spent, then adherence to and strict policing of the traffic regulations must be practised and fully enforced.

The progress envisioned must not be allowed to be stymied by illegal parking that impedes the free flow of traffic.

Currently delivery trucks and others are frequently parked in the left lane heading east towards the intersection, and again after turning left from King's House Road on to Barbican Road. These offenders sometimes park on the sidewalks forcing pedestrians into the roadway.

While this may point to the lack of consideration of all factors in conceptualising the project, it is not unusual in big cities for delivery trucks to park a couple blocks away and such deliveries be completed using alternate means.

The expediency of a few should never supersede the rights of the many other road users.

The blatant disregard of road markings should be concerning, as vehicles are turning up where not expected and near misses are commonplace. Those who uphold the traffic law find themselves being left behind and soon succumb to the same uncouth behaviour in securing their rights to level the field.

History will show that if these infractions are left untattended they quickly become difficult to control. Barbican requires a dedicated patrol to enforce the laws as it is fast becoming a free-for-all.

Ralston Nunes

ralstonnunes@gmail.com

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